Apr 25, 2014

Sections of Spring

Wow...it's the 25th of April...crazy!  One month until my due date with this little one - well the final due date...not the my opinion due date...by my calculations this little bun should be baked by the middle of May - but what do I know?!

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So...the plan for this baby's arrival will be a scheduled c-section.  I meet with the surgeon next week to set the date but I think, according to my midwife, we are looking at the 21st of May for this babe's arrival.  Twenty seven days away!

I had made the attempt to go for a v-bac with my last little man - but in the end, after coming very close, we decided to go for a section - and so...my dear hubby, my midwife and I contemplated what this pregnancy would bring - and after much prayer (hubby and I) we feel that it is best to schedule a section.


I'm a little anxious about the pending surgery - I know I've been there three times already but still...it's a bit nerve wracking to submit oneself to major surgery and then add a new born to the recovery of it!

But I do know that I have my God to carry me through it all!  He has never let me down and He will be with me, each step of the way.  Praise be to Him! 

 
It is the Lord who goes before you.
He will be with you;
He will not leave you or forsake you.
Do not fear or be dismayed.
Deuteronomy 31:8
 



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And so I fill my days with various things - the craze of nesting is long past now and I'm in full on exhausted mode!  I function only on afternoon naps and coffee! I've slowed down immensely and I'm just trying to squeeze in a few visits and a couple of last minute projects while time and energy allow.






But I'm enjoying these Spring days.  This whole season feels very familiar as it was just about this time two years ago that we moved here and I was well...about this pregnant then with out third baby.  I'm excited about the up coming parental leave for my hubby and for a summer of sweet, sweet family time. 






I'm still amazed that we are expecting our fourth baby!!  And because this one has remained a secret...it's still driving me crazy that we don't know if we are going to even out the numbers or add again to the girl's 'team'! ;)




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But other then that, the days are just moving along.  Life is full and busy but sweet and simple too - I soak in these days for you never know....


Spring is in full force here; longer days, lovely sunsets, rain, chickens running free, kids at play, oodles of mud and buds on the trees.  It's bliss, especially after this winter from...terribleness...that we had!

 

 
 
This is the first baby we are expecting where in we are not heavy in the middle of either major renovations or moving.  It's the first baby where I have just been able to basically focus on the arrival of this little and prepare for him or her....and it's strange! lol!! 
 
 
And well...it appears to be getting late and...my nap and caffeine are about to wear off, so best to wrap this up.  The weekend brings a much anticipated wedding - of our neighbour's son - it will be a very joyous occasion but also bitter sweet!  I see so much of where I will be in time and my heart hurts for my friend as she watches her 'baby boy' be wed!  The days, they go so fast!  They are all happy and excited for this new chapter and I feel blessed to be able share in it with them!
 
 
Next week my hubby turns old, like me, and then the following week marks 10 years of marriage!  We have some plans, nothing elaborate but sweet and simple, they way we like it - the blessing of spending time alone together!
 
 
Now to just arrange some sitters!
 
 
 

 
 
And yes...shortly after that, this little one is scheduled to make it's appearance!  A few busy weeks and then nothing but family fun and baby snuggles - Oh, how I look forward to it all!  But no, I won't rush it - I'm learning - these days...they do so fly by! 
 
 
Blessings to you all!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Apr 15, 2014

A Lovely Ladies Tea


A couple of weeks ago - my bff, Stacey, and I hosted a ladies tea for the women of our church.  It was suppose to be a mother and daughter tea...as we figured most women there fell into one of those categories but in the end we opened it up to a bring a friend...or not...tea!


 
 
 
So she and I set to work, scheming and planning our little soiree.  We had collaborated once already in the fall for a ladies fellowship recipe exchange...but the turnout for that was less then encouraging!  This time around we were still a little downhearted as the RSVP date drew near and we only had six ladies confirmed. 
 
 
Now, just so you know - in all fairness, we do attend a rather small church say..100-120 people or somewhere around there - but still - we know the ladies and we expected more! 
 
 
But we were patient and as the day drew near more and more women were signing up and even on the day of, we had a few last minuters - in the end we had a total of around 26 woman!
 
 
So Stacey and I got busy!  Preparing food, getting decorations and organizing supplies for our craft!   
 
 
 



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We wanted this little 'event' to mostly be about getting the ladies out and fellowshipping with each other...but seeing as both Stacey and I are crafty people...(take that as you will! *wink* lol!) we thought that having an activity for the woman, might be nice.


After scouring the local craft store, with another gal pal in tow, we settled on the idea of decorating wooden picture frames.





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So the day came...and so did the rain but that didn't dampen our spirits!  The ladies arrived and seemed eager and excited!  There was delicious goodies, an ample assortment of teas, juice and coffee, soft music and lovely decorations.


Most of the women brought a friend and a few came solo - but there was plenty of conversation and good times to be had by all who came!  I had brought my own little ladies to enjoy the day with me.  They were good helpers and I think they felt special joining mommy at a ladies event! 




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So all in all it was a really nice way to spend an afternoon!  We got to enjoy wonderful company, eat delicious goodies and be creative - my kind of day!  Even for many of the woman, who might not consider themselves crafty, seem to have a good time with the activity and honestly, I was greatly impressed with what each woman produced!!


Since is was such a great response, Stacey and I are excited and in the works on planning our next event...though I'm thinking it won't be until the fall...long after this little one is born and life has settled into a routine again....hopefully!


Speaking of little ones - the end of March and the beginning of April brought the blessings of a niece and a nephew! My sisters in law had their babies!!  First, Stephanie had her sweet baby girl, Miriam Sophia at the end of March - you can sneak a peek here.  And then my sister-in-law Chrissy, who's baby shower we just hosted a few weeks ago had her first baby - a son, Luke Justice - born just four days after Miriam. 


Exciting!


Now, that just leaves me waiting for our little one to make an appearance!  Just a few more weeks to go!







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Apr 6, 2014

DIY Refinished Coffee Table


I mentioned in my previous post (here) that in all of my nesting - one of the projects I completed was refinishing our coffee table.  And so I have come good....because it seems I often forget to do these things...and I am posting about that now!

This is a project that has been on my mind for some time but I never got around to doing it.  We bought this antique table off of Kijiji a few years ago when we needed a dining room table.  We liked the character and charm but since owning it, our little family has grown some and it was just a tad small to seat us.  So deciding to chop the legs off one day, it became our coffee table.

So I took our nice...but somewhat drab coffee table and decided to give it some funk!




And in my often true fashion...I did not stop long enough to take photos of the actual process! sorry!  But I can say, it was pretty easy and I basically did it all myself! My sweet David did help me sand it because he's nice like that - but then I just went at it.


We sanded the top by hand, we could have used a small palm sander or something like that but it was going to take off too much of the top and we only really wanted to remove the old finish.  So with the two of us at it, it was short work.





If you really wanted to do it "right" then I would say, sand everything you want to paint...but I hate that part and so I just sanded the top and primed the legs of the table with a good, stick to everything, primer. (there has been a small bit of 'damage' to the legs so far - but meh, that's fine with me but if that's the kind of thing that would bother you - then I say sand away!)


So after the top was sanded and the legs primed - I put two coats of my choice of colour on the bottom.  I picked up those sample size jars of paint from the local box hardware store - I didn't need much and thought this would be the best way to save some money - and as usual, I picked my colour from Martha Stewarts' line of colours! (I LOVE her colours...but I don't use her actual paint - I find me a sale and colour match!!!)


The legs and skirt got their paint and then I set to work on the top.  I originally was going to use a stencil but decided in the end to just free hand it....mostly because I couldn't settle on a stencil I liked, and because I didn't want to pay the ridiculous price of those for a one use time and because my BFF said to just do it!  So I did!




I was very happy with how it turned out...except not 100% happy...I looked over my scroll work and found that it was just jumping out too much.  So even though my hubby assured me it looked lovely - I took the sandpaper to my hard, hand done swirls.


And PERFECTION!


Okay...well...what I mean is - it was now exactly the look I had wanted!!  The painted bits no longer jumped out at you but became a part of the overall look!  With that done and looking lovely, I threw on a couple of coats of (water based) varathane and voila - a funtastic coffee table!


 
 
 
I am super happy with it and love that personal touch it now has.  I find that, as we are coming up on two years here, that I am looking for more and more projects that are really solidifying that this house is our home! 
 
Which means - that's right - the kitchen is up next!
 
 
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